During my time at placement I was given the role of a Nursery Assistant; My duties were to plan and prepare activities for children, read stories, nappy change them, observe and make notes for use in their reports. I was also a key worker for one child, I had to monitor their progress and share information about their development with their parents and carers. The setting was a warm and welcoming environment, I found that all of the staff were very friendly and reassuring. The placement lasted for four weeks and I worked from Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM. On my first day I arrived at 10AM for my induction and was introduced by the manager of the setting to the other members of staff.
Down syndrome is a condition which extra genetic material slows down the way in which an individual develops, both physically and mentally. As stated by the NHS; each individual with down syndrome is affected differently and can vary, some may need a lot of medical assistance whereas others may lead a normal healthy lifestyle but share similar characteristics.
Every setting will have to make sure that the children are safe when entering the setting, leaving the setting. When children arrive to the setting, you will have to make sure that they enter the setting safely. When leaving the setting you as a early years practitioner has to check who is collecting the child. There even is a policy in every setting that is about parents and carers collecting their child. In this policy you must take the register so
Speech, language and communication can be supported through play and activities in a number of different ways, children/young people need the opportunity to express themselves using language. It is important to help them develop language skills and to help them use language effectively. It is essential to listen to what is being said and respond appropriately. It is important to be aware of any additional needs, and if English is a second language.
Nutritious food is of paramount importance for a healthy mind and body. Childhood is a time of critical growth in which proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. Children who have poor diets either due of a lack of food or because of bad eating habits and patterns, leads to inadequate intake of nutrients and are prone to significant short-term and long-term health impacts and diseases.
This is important to ensure that a child is being supported to meet their set targets and they reach their full potential. Also any strengths or weaknesses can be identified during this process. A support plan is usually completed with a child as this helps to identify their needs, the plan can then be tailored specifically for them and adapted if necessary, this is then reviewed at intervals to monitor the progress made. We currently have a placement plan at our home that we use with the young mothers. This helps to identify their support needs and what areas they feel they may need extra support with. This is a live document and information can be added at any time if any new areas of support arise.
1. Partnerships with families and communities support shared responsibility for children’s learning, development, and wellbeing. – I believe this is a breach of the code because knowing that children can understand this sort of negativity can cause them to have set backs which would not honour the parent’s wishes or the child’s development.
Eve may have problems learning to speak. This is because some children with Down’s syndrome find it hard to learn some of the aspects of speech, language and communication. Some children could experience severe speech and language problems whereas some children may find it less of a challenge. Some children will have more difficulty with developing their grammar; others will find it hardest to develop clear speech so a speech therapist can help them to learn how to communicate more effectively. They work directly with clients and provide them and their carers with support. They also work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and psychologists. SLTs assist children and adults who have the following types
In an early years setting their a variety of different children that have certain needs that need to be met in order for them to be healthy, safe, secure and welcomed into the setting.
All five of the activities were chosen in order to encourage children’s numeracy skills. The activities were based around the development of the four fundamental skills of numeracy learning. These are the ability to name and draw basic shapes and colours, able to count up to ten, begin to understand time and start to recognise patterns and routines.
The rate at which all children develop varies from child to child, however the sequence of development is very similar.
Although having Down syndrome implies an intellectual disability, Down syndrome individuals are able to be autonomous and live a full life integrated in society. It has been previously stated that an improvement in the educational system in which Down syndrome individuals are educated, by encouraging the inclusive educational system where special-needs students are able to share classes with regular students, will be beneficial for those students in their future years of life. Furthermore, promoting simple directions jobs that Down syndrome individuals are able to perform while earning a salary for themselves as well as the creation of more public living spaces for special-needs adults to live in, at the same time as being medically assisted, will make a difference in the quality of life of Down Syndrome individuals as well as in our society by making this world a better one. Thus, as the Spanish Down Syndrome Association (2017) states regarding Down syndrome adults “their personality, hobbies, illusions and projects will be what truly define them as people and their disability will be just another characteristic of